Kolkata Knight Riders v Chennai Super Kings, IPL 2013, Kolkata

Damage without facing a ball

The Plays of the Day from the IPL match between Kolkata Knight Riders and Chennai Super Kings in Kolkata

Sidharth Monga

April 20, 2013

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Yusuf Pathan goes over the top, Kolkata Knight Riders v Chennai Super Kings, IPL, Kolkata, April 20, 2013
Yusuf Pathan got off to a good start, but couldn't turn his IPL around © BCCI
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The diamond duck
What length will you go for your IPL franchise? Jacques Kallis will risk possibly his first diamond duck in representative cricket. Until Saturday, he had never been dismissed without facing in any international format or even in the IPL. On Saturday, though, he initiated a single after Yusuf Pathan had hit straight to point. That risk - with only one stump visible to the fielder - is the done thing in Twenty20 cricket, but this time S Badrinath hit that only stump visible.

The run-out
Manoj Tiwary, it seemed, was on a mission to settle Kallis' score. Without facing a ball, he ran Yusuf out. Yusuf, opening the innings and finally getting a start, bunted one into the leg side, Tiwary crossed the bowler, Dwayne Bravo, before he could get across to chase the ball, which meant the batsmen were at a distinct advantage. Bravo had to chase two-thirds of the way to the midwicket boundary, and Yusuf wanted the second. He heard no call from Tiwary, who hadn't moved. And just when Yusuf stopped midway, Tiwary saw a fumble, and went through again. Poor Yusuf was on a hiding to nothing.

The miss
MS Dhoni is a sly man behind the stumps. He has mastered a technique where his hands don't give when he collects the ball, giving him precious moments on run-out and stumping scenarios. His body language never gives away to the approaching batsman if the throw is coming at his end. That pursuit of perfection with these run-outs nearly cost him today.

In the 13th over, Debabrata Das was run out for all money when taking a second. The throw was a little wide, but not too wide. Dhoni wanted to optimise this too. He didn't want to get too far away from the stumps, and just took his eye off the ball for a microsecond to see where exactly the stumps were. Possibly he had given himself a range of width he could go to if he had to break the stumps in time. And his gloves went only as far as that range, and the ball was a little wider. Replays showed he had enough time, though, to collect the ball and run him out.

However, it cost Dhoni's side only one run. Das got too far across next ball, and was out lbw.

The catch
Before he got out, though, Das hit two sixes. One of them just about cleared long-on, and was falling between the rope and the dugout. There were chairs, there were tables, there were laptops, there were water bottles, and somewhere amid all that was Brett Lee, who coolly took it two-handed, never mind all those obstructions. A timely reminder to Knight Riders that there exists a breed called fast bowlers. They don't all have to take the pace off.

The bouncer
After Mohali, word has spread that Yusuf and Tiwary don't like the bouncer. Actually the word has been around, Mohali was just a reiteration. However, Eden Gardens has been renowned for slow and low tracks to suit the home spinners in the IPL. Turns out it helps the home batsmen too. The first ball Yusuf faced was pitched in the bowler's half, but rose only waist high. Yusuf smacked it four, and pulled two more for fours before Tiwary struck.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by   on (April 21, 2013, 6:36 GMT)

I thought Ashwin opening the batting would find a place in this section, but surprisingly it didn't.

Posted by   on (April 21, 2013, 4:31 GMT)

KKR is playing too many bits andpieces crickete with some unspecialistsr.Rajat Bhatia,Shukla should'nt play in same XI until they have some world class batsman.They need specialists batsman and bowlers. They won't win any match until they have a good local batsman and local bowler. They relesed chirag jani,iresh saxena,Jaydev Undakat,Sanju Samson.ALl of them performed very well in domestic circuit but yet they were released.They need to have someone like Jani and Undakat,Iresh Saxena,Kuldeep Raval,Suryakant pRadhan,Mohammed Kaif,mehul Patel,SAyan Mondal. Unfortunately,undakat is signed by RCB.Yet they can sign above mentioned players and make their team strong.

Posted by JustAnotherCricketFan on (April 21, 2013, 0:20 GMT)

hey man dont hate on Morgan, he is awesome! anyone who can flick to square leg from outside off is awesome

Posted by Cricket_Fan_And_Analyst on (April 20, 2013, 21:35 GMT)

Good analysis of Dhoni's missed stumping. He is a master of stumpings. He has really optimized the art of collecting the ball ( in a stumping or run out situation ) and taking it to the stumps in the same motion.

Posted by   on (April 20, 2013, 19:31 GMT)

Why isn't McCullum playing, I thought he was fit. The second best T20 batsman in the world and they play guys like Morgan instead?

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